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Meet Our Staff

School Leader

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Mrs. Alberta Galarza

School Leader

Mrs. Galarza was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School (a parochial school in Southwest Detroit) in 2001. That same year, she married her husband, Hector. In 2010, her husband became the pastor at her church. So aside from her commitment to the education of children, she is very involved at her church and her community.

Mrs. Galarza obtained both her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Wayne State University.  She began her career as an educator at Hope of Detroit Academy in August of 2004.  At Hope of Detroit Academy, she taught grades kindergarten through second grade.  Eight years later, she became the instructional coach and coordinated the curriculum, instruction, and assessments across kindergarten through eighth grade. Following her position as the Instructional Coach for four years, she became the Assistant School Leader for three years.  

Currently, Mrs. Galarza is the school leader at the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary.  ABTE is located in Dearborn, Michigan and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  ABTE has been in existence for over seventeen years.  Mrs. Galarza has been involved in and has chaired several committees throughout her career.  She served in various lead roles such as Ferris State University’s Contract Review, District and School Improvement Process, and AdvancEd Accreditation Process.  She also held an important role in the Middle/High School Expansion Project, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) team, and Data Teams Process. 

School Administration

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Ms. Carolyn
Tola

Instructional Coach

MTSS Coach

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Teaching Staff

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Mrs. Lina
Al-Shamsi

 

Kindergarten Teacher

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Ms. Ariel
Slappy

Kindergarten Teacher

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Mr. Antonio Trujillo

First Grade Teacher

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Ms. Danay Gore

First Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Elizabeth Hooten

Second Grade Teacher

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Ms. Cynthia King

Second Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Heather McHugh

Third Grade Teacher

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Ms. Lalanie Johansson-Mendez

Third Grade Teacher

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Ms. Jackie
Ragonesi

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Ms. Sydney
Coapman

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Ms. Sabrina
Welch

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Ms. Priscilla Lockhart

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Katie 
Banas

Literacy Lab

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Mrs. Florencia Paden

ESL Teacher/Section 31a Teacher

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Mrs. Nancy
Yepez

Title 1 Teacher

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Mr. Michael
Favors

Gym Teacher

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Ms. Briandra Turner

Special Education Teacher

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Mr. Cooper
Gisstennar

Paraeducator

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Ms. Greys
Marsh

Paraeducator

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Ms. Liza Fernandez

Title I Paraeducator

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Ms. Amayah
Martin

Community Liaison

Additional Staff

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Ms. Janeisha Randall

Behavior Coordinator

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Ms. Melanie Burgos

Office Manager

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Mrs. Isabelita Sims

Office Assistant

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Social Worker

Social Worker

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Ms. Selena Sims

Lunch/Enrichment Coordinator

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Mrs. Ana Guardillo

Lunch Aide

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Mrs. Lorena
Guerrero

Lunch Aide

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Ms. Gwyndolyn Tate

Enrichment Teacher

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Alejandra Barajas

Janitorial

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Mrs. Daymara
Gomez

Janitorial

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Ms. Lucia Tavarez

Janitorial

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Gregory Anderson

Bus Driver

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Herman Williams

Bus Driver

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Extra

Enrichment Teacher

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